The skin on your neck doesn't have the same amount of sebaceous glands that your face does, which means it's more easily exposed to the effects of gravity and the environment, dermatologist Dr. Purvisha Patel explains to Elite Daily. That's why the best neck creams provide plenty of moisture and help to prevent collagen loss, and tend to be a lot richer than regular face creams.
When it comes to shopping for a neck cream, look for ingredients like unicorn root, which has estrogen-like properties that can help counteract the effects of estrogen loss (estrogen loss can significantly affect your skin), or a low concentration of gentle retinols, which, when paired with moisturizers, can provide collagen thickening results. Finally, as Dr. Patel notes, sun protection is essential, as this delicate area is particularly vulnerable to UV damage. The way you apply your neck cream can make a difference, too, she says. Gently rub your cream in an upwards direction from your décolletage to your jawline. "This motion does not pull on the neck skin and promotes absorption as well," she explains.
Dr. Patel warns against using prescription-strength retinols, benzoyl peroxide, and serums with high concentrations of active ingredients on your neck. "Skin care products tend to settle in neck lines, and strong forumulations can cause redness and inflammation in the area of occlusion (where the neck folds over itself) especially when sleeping with the product on you neck," she says.
With those tips in mind, scroll on to shop seven of the best neck creams on the market right now.
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